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Day 6: verse

And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 1 Peter 5:10 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/1pe.5.10.NIV

BATTLEFIELD OF THE MIND: Day 6

First the Suffering "Why do we have to suffer?" "If God truly loves us, why do all the bad things happen to us?" I hear such questions often. For years, people have wrestled with those questions, and they still haven't discovered the answers. I don't even try to answer the questions. I do make one comment, however: "If God only blessed us after we became believers--if He took away all suffering, hardship, and turmoil for Christians--wouldn't it be a way to bribe people into the faith?" That's not the way God works. The Lord wants us to come to Him out of love and because we know we're needy--so needy that only He can fill those needs for us. The reality is that from the time of birth until we go home to be with Jesus, we will suffer at times. Some have harder tasks than others, but suffering is still suffering. I also think that when people watch us as we turn to God for help in our hardships and they see our victories, it provides a wi

Day 5: verse

This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live Deuteronomy 30:19 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/deu.30.19.NIV

BATTLEFIELD OF THE MIND: Day 5

"I Can't Help It!" When God begins to deal with us about wrong behavior, it's easy enough to say, "I can't help it," but it takes real courage and faith to say, "I'm ready to take responsibility and get my life straightened out." Much of our thinking is habitual. If we regularly think about God and good things, godly thoughts become natural. Thousands of thoughts flow through our minds every day. We may feel we have no control, but we do. Although we don't have to use any effort to think wrong thoughts, we have to use much effort to think good thoughts. As we begin to make changes, we will have to fight a battle. Our mind is the battlefield, and Satan's primary way of initiating his evil plan for us is through our thoughts. If we feel we have no power over our thoughts, Satan will entrap and defeat us. Instead, we can determine to think in godly ways.  God has given us the power to decide--to choose right thinking over wrong. But on

Day 4: verse

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/gal.6.9.NIV

BATTLEFIELD OF THE MIND: Day 4

Don't Quit I've been a Christian for twenty-three years," Cheryl said. "I'm just not getting anywhere. I'm as weak as I was when I first accepted Christ as my Savior. I still fail. I just don't know if it's worth it." Tears streamed down her cheeks as she continued to talk about her failures. "By now I know all the right things to do, but I don't do them. Sometimes I deliberately do something mean-spirited or unkind. What kind of Christian am I?" "Probably a growing Christian," I said. A startled look appeared on Cheryl's face. "Growing? Did you hear--? " "Yes, I heard. But if you weren't growing, you wouldn't lament your failures. You'd be satisfied about your spiritual level or tell yourself how good you are." "But I'm so discouraged, and I fail God so many times." I went on to tell Cheryl she was correct--that she had failed. All of us do at times. If we're not carefu

Day 3: verse

for he is the kind of person who is always thinking about the cost. “Eat and drink,” he says to you, but his heart is not with you. Proverbs 23:7 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/pro.23.7.NIV

BATTLEFIELD OF THE MIND: Day 3

As We Focus Years ago, I learned an invaluable lesson: Whatever we focus on, we become. That simple statement taught me a great deal. Wherever we put our energies or our attention, those things will develop. Another way I like to say it is, "Where the mind goes, the man follows!" If I begin to think about ice cream, I will soon find myself in my car pursuing ice cream. My thought will stir my desires and emotions, and I will make the decision to follow them. If we focus only on the negative things in our lives, we become negative people. Everything, including our conversations, becomes negative. We soon lose our joy and live miserable lives--and it all started with our own thinking. You might be experiencing some problems in life--not realizing that you are creating them yourself by what you're choosing to think about. I challenge you to think about what you're thinking about! You might be discouraged and even depressed and wonder what caused it. Yet if you will exami

Day 2: verse

To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples.  Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31‭-‬32 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/jhn.8.31-32.NIV

BATTLEFIELD OF THE MIND: Day 2

Know the Truth In my book Battlefield of the Mind, I write about John, a low-key type person. He was a man who had been verbally abused by his mother and taunted by playmates in childhood. He hated confrontation and couldn't stand up to his wife, Mary's strong will.  John was convinced that it didn't do any good to stand up to anyone; he was going to lose anyway. He thought the only way to get along was to be quiet and accept whatever happened. John also believed another lie--that he wasn't truly loved by God. Because he felt that way, he had believed the devil's lies. "I felt as if God said to the world, 'Believe in Jesus and you'll be saved.' I got in on some kind of package deal--but I never felt I was worth loving." If the enemy of your mind can convince you that you're too bad or too worthless, he has set up a stronghold in your mind. Although John was a Christian, his mind had been imprisoned by his enemy.  John needs to know that he

Day 1: verse

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:12 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/eph.6.12.NIV

BATTLEFIELD OF THE MIND: Day 1 (New 14 day plan)

Well-Laid Plans "How could you?" Helen screamed. "How could you ever do such a thing?" Tom stared helplessly at his wife. He had committed adultery, faced his sinful actions, and asked his wife to forgive him. "I never planned for an affair to happen," Tom said with tears in his eyes. Tom wasn't lying. He knew he was making a few bad choices, but he hadn't looked ahead at the consequences of his actions. After almost an hour of pleading, he said something that helped Helen begin to understand and eventually to forgive. "I was unfaithful to you before I ever committed adultery." He spoke of their being too busy to spend time together, his critical attitude, her lack of emotional response, her not listening to him when he talked about problems at the office.  That's exactly how Satan works. He begins by bombarding our minds with cleverly devised patterns of irritation, dissatisfaction, doubts, fears, and reasonings. He moves slowly and

A NEW POEM

HELP ME JESUS! Help Me Jesus.... To spread the word, to the young, to the old. Help Me Jesus.... To spread the word to everyone around the world. Help Me Jesus.... To spread the word... That everyone knows your word, is the right word! Help Me Jesus!

Day 14: verses

And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. John 14:13 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/jhn.14.13.NIV In that day you will ask in my name. I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf.  No, the Father himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God. John 16:26‭-‬27 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/jhn.16.26-27.NIV Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name,  that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,  and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:9‭-‬11 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/php.2.9-11.NIV

UNLIMITED DESTINY: Day 14 (last day)

   In the ancient world, it was believed that the gods hid their true names from humanity. By using the true name of god in prayers and magical incantations, people believed that they could exert power over the god, to get him or her to do what you wanted. This background helps us to understand what the Bible says about the power of Jesus’ name. The Bible tells us that God has exalted His name to the highest place of all (Philippians 2:9–11). The name of Jesus is more powerful than any other name in the universe. Jesus has promised His children that anything that we ask in His name will be done.  (John 14:13; See also John 16:26-27). The marvelous thing is that although the names of power in antiquity were often hidden and mysterious, God has revealed the true name of power to His children. The angel said to Joseph, She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus,   because he will save his people from their sins (Matthew 1:21). There’s no magical power

Day 13: verse 3

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/2pe.3.9.NIV

Day 13: ve rse 2

So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.  But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:31‭-‬33 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/mat.6.31-33.NIV

Day 13: v erse 1

And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/php.4.19.NIV

UNLIMITED DESTINY: Day 13

   There is a word that is found in the last verse of the Bible, that is also found all the way through Scripture. It is the word “all.” For example, My God shall supply  ALL  your needs through his riches and glory by Christ Jesus  (Philippians 4:19). Jesus said, Do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’   For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.   But seek first his kingdom   and his righteousness, and  ALL  these things will be given to you as well (Matthew 6:31–33, NIV). Here are some other “all” texts: Ephesians 6:16; Romans 8:32; Matthew 12:31; Romans 11:36; 2 Corinthians 4:15; 2 Timothy 3:11. When you are feeling discouraged, here is a good one to remember: The Lord is not slack concerning   His promise, as some count slackness, but is long-suffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that  ALL  should come to repentance  (2 Peter 3:9, NKJV). R

Day 12: verses

The least of you will become a thousand, the smallest a mighty nation. I am the Lord ; in its time I will do this swiftly.” Isaiah 60:22 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/isa.60.22.NIV So he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty. Zechariah 4:6 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/zec.4.6.NIV You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.

UNLIMITED DESTINY: Day 12

   I’ve never felt quite like the majority. As a child I was very ill for several years, so I was always skinny and small. I was born overseas. I looked different, and I had to learn a whole new language. I got called a lot of names at school. As I was growing up there were always people to remind me that I was useless and no good, and I guess that’s why I always tried to over-compensate at school and in other ways. Now that I am all grown up, I know that I’m expected to face all the challenges of life head-on, with confidence and courage, but I’ll let you in on a secret. Within myself, I’ve always felt small, weak, and outnumbered and overwhelmed. Some years ago, I found a Bible verse that helped change my thinking. Here it is: The least will become a thousand, and the smallest a powerful people. I am the Lord; at the right moment, I will hurry it along  (Isaiah 60:22, CEB). This says that when the Lord is on your side, you are always a majority, just as a thousand outnu

Day 11: verse 3

Now finish the work, so that your eager willingness to do it may be matched by your completion of it, according to your means. For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what one does not have.  Our desire is not that others might be relieved while you are hard pressed, but that there might be equality. At the present time your plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need. The goal is equality, as it is written: “The one who gathered much did not have too much, and the one who gathered little did not have too little.” 2 Corinthians 8:11‭-‬15 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/2co.8.11-15.NIV

Day 11: verse 1 & 2

Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. Hebrews 13:20‭-‬21 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/heb.13.20-21.NIV To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag,  each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. Matthew 25:15 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/mat.25.15.NIV

UNLIMITED DESTINY: Day 11

   Often, when I look at my own very, very meager, disappointing accomplishments, I think of Dwight L. Moody's great saying. Reporters asked Moody, "Mr. Moody, have you got courage enough to be a martyr?" "No," said Mr. Moody, "but if God wants me to be a martyr, He'll give me the courage."  You and I don't have much. We are like tiny containers that can't hold much. But we can overflow a lot. If we learn the secret of the Presence of God, however weak, however fragile, however foolish we may now be, God can equip us. However inadequate we are for life – and we all are – God can equip us. However, none of us can do everything by ourselves. We weren't made for that. We need other people.  But God can equip us to do what He wants us to do. God wants us to do that one thing which we can do better than anybody else: influence the people we know best. Every one of us has more influence with certain people than the rest of the whole

Day 10: verse 3

The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord , for the Lord is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord , but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave. Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 1 Kings 19:11‭-‬13 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/1ki.19.11-13.NIV

Day10: verse 1 & 2

But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed. Luke 5:16 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/luk.5.16.NIV “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.  But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. Matthew 6:5‭-‬6 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/mat.6.5-6.NIV

UNLIMITED DESTINY: Day 10

   If you can pray at any time and in any place, why did Jesus have to go to lonely places to pray? It’s the same reason we all need a quiet place, away from the distractions of our everyday lives.  We  can speak to God at any time, we need a quiet space to hear  His  voice. When you create space in your life for God, He fills it. I often go for a long walk outside, typically along a quiet road or sit in a peaceful place in nature, where I can simply spend time with God. When I pray in this way, I’m acknowledging that prayer isn’t just me speaking to a seemingly silent God. I have discovered that God is desperately longing to speak to me in many different ways. Prayer involves listening for the voice of God, allowing His heart to be revealed to me. Prayer is receiving His blessings. It’s vital for every child of God to make space in their lives for God. That’s why Jesus “withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” We all need a “lonely place” to pray. But, here’s what I’ve discover

Verse 3

because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.”  Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all. Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live! They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. Hebrews 12:6‭-‬11 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/heb.12.6-11.NIV

Day 9: verses 1 & 2

For hardship does not spring from the soil, nor does trouble sprout from the ground.  Yet man is born to trouble as surely as sparks fly upward.  “But if I were you, I would appeal to God; I would lay my cause before him.  He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted. Job 5:6‭-‬9 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/job.5.6-9.NIV Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” John 13:7 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/jhn.13.7.NIV

UNLIMITED DESTINY: Day 9

   There are three things to notice in Job 5:6–9. The first one is that affliction is not purposeless. It doesn’t just “spring up out of the ground”. It isn’t random. It’s true that we often cannot see the purpose of affliction. When we do this, we are fulfilling the words of our Lord when He said, What I am doing you do not understand now, but you will know after this  (John 13:7, NKJV.) The Bible also tells us that, No chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness  (Hebrews 12:11, NKJV; see also Hebrews 12:6). The second thing to notice is that affliction is, sadly, normal. The text says that “man is born to trouble.” Just as surely as the sparks go up when you are sitting around a campfire, so too you and I were born to trouble. There is no dodging it. Trouble is, in fact, one of the most necessary parts of life. The worst evil that can come upon us is the delusion of self-sufficiency

Verse 3

And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says, “My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you,  because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.” Hebrews 12:5‭-‬6 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/heb.12.5-6.NIV

Verse 2

In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs. Hebrews 1:1‭-‬4 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/heb.1.1-4.NIV

Day 8: verse 1

Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him. On reaching the place, he said to them, “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.”  He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.”  An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.  When he rose from prayer and went back to the disciples, he found them asleep, exhausted from sorrow. “Why are you sleeping?” he asked them. “Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.” Luke 22:39‭-‬46 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/luk.22.39-46.NIV

UNLIMITED DESTINY: Day 8

   We live in a society where everyone is too busy doing something else other than what we should be doing. On the night that he was betrayed, Jesus was praying in the Garden of Gethsemane. After a while, Jesus, who had asked his disciples to also pray (v.40), went and found them sleeping. I had never understood the meaning of what Jesus said to them before. I thought that Jesus was upset at them. Yes, Jesus was disappointed in them, but more than that, he was concerned for them. He knew that over the next three days they would experience the most difficult time of their lives. That’s why, no matter how busy  He  was, He took the time to warn them and to encourage them for the disappointment that was to come. How wonderful it is to see, that even at this most difficult hour of his life, our Lord had time for his disciples! Jesus is never too busy for you. Even when your world is falling apart, Jesus still has time for you. Hebrews 1:3 says that Jesus sustains “sustaining all

Verse 3

And I, when I am lifted up  from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” John 12:32 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/jhn.12.32.NIV (Written in Red)

Verse 2

remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.  For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit. Ephesians 2:12‭-‬18 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/eph.2.12-18.NIV

Day 7: verse 1

For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.  Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned—  To be sure, sin was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not charged against anyone’s account where there is no law. Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who is a pattern of the one to come.  But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many! Nor can the gift of God be compared with t

UNLIMITED DESTINY: Day 7

   How few, even of professing Christians, understand these words! These verses clearly affirm that the atonement of Christ restored the whole human race to favor with God. Christ is our peace, having broken down the wall between God and humanity. By His own blood, Christ signed the ransom papers for the human race. Unlike most of the panaceas offered to humanity, this one is not a subjective experience but an objective reality: salvation was accomplished historically, outside of, and independent of ourselves. And the gospel is the glad announcement of that event. Calvary is the double cure for sin. It takes away both sin’s guilt and power. The revelation of the atoning God breaks the believer’s heart, freeing it from the bondage of a self-centered existence. Looking on the Cross, the believer sees the holiness of God, and repents; sees the love of God and believes; sees the power of God and is born again. Think of the meaning of the phrase “Good News,” which is another name for

Will be posting again soon!

Sorry.  I've been under the weather.  Haven't been sleeping well.  But I'm all caught up on my reading now so I will be posting the devotionals again soon. Have a Blessed day.

Day 6: verses

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, Galatians 5:22 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/gal.5.22.NIV To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. 1 Corinthians 12:8‭-‬10 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/1co.12.8-10.NIV By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:35 NIV And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/1co.13.13.NIV

UNLIMITED DESTINY: Day 6

   There’s a supermarket near where I live, where I often go to buy food. As you come in, there’s a basket full of apples, bananas and pears, and above it is a sign: “Free Fruit for Kids.” Paul tells us in Galatians 5:22–23 that God gives free fruit to his children as well.  Although everyone is given different spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 12:8–10,29–31),  every  follower of Jesus receives the  fruit  of the Spirit, without distinction. After writing about the spiritual gifts, Paul says that there is something even better: I will show you the most excellent way  (1 Corinthians 12:31), Then Paul goes on to write about the supreme importance of love, which is part of the fruit of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 13:13). The problem with the Corinthian church was that they were giving more importance to the gifts of the Spirit than to the fruit. We must be careful not to make the same mistake. (1 Corinthians 13:3) The  gifts  of the Spirit are wonderful! However, the  fruit  is ev

Day 5: verses (3)

Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again. ”  “How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!”  Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit.  Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit  gives birth to spirit.  You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You  must be born again.’  The wind blows wherever it pleahses. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”  “How can this be?” Nicodemus asked.   “You are Israel’s teacher,” said Jesus, “and do you not understand these things?  Very truly I tell you, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony.  I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then w

UNLIMITED DESTINY: Day 5

   Christianity doesn’t teach that human nature is essentially good. On the contrary, Christ takes for granted our evil nature. "If you then, being evil," He says. (Matthew 7: 11). That’s why we require a far more radical change than what is offered by education, psychology, or politics.  In John 3, Christ explains the change we need. The first time the word “must” occurs in John 3 is in the statement "You must be born again" (v.7). But the second time it occurs is where we read, "so the Son of Man must be lifted up" (v.14). This is the key we seek: salvation comes through beholding the Christ of the Cross. Faith is looking, faith is believing, faith is receiving: but all these terms refer to our relationship to Jesus. We shouldn’t be confused about what “believing in Jesus” means. Our Lord has told us that believing is merely  coming  in heart, mind, and will to Him (See John 6:35).  The goodness of God leads us to repentance, and the kindness an

Day 4: verses

On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.”   “Woman,   why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.”  His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”  Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons.  Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water” ; so they filled them to the brim.  Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.” They did so, and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too

UNLIMITED DESTINY: Day 4

   The wine had run out at the wedding feast at Cana, and Mary, Jesus’ mother, knew that Jesus could provide more wine. However, she wasn’t discouraged when Jesus said to her, Dear woman, that’s not our problem… My time has not yet come  (John 2:4, NLT). The reason why she wasn’t discouraged was because she knew the secret to life’s confusions and problems. She said to the servants at the wedding, Do whatever he tells you  (v.5, NIV).  That is the only recipe for all of life's problems: to trust and obey Jesus. That is also the right order: first you trust, and then you obey. Obedience without trust is useless. God rejects obedience without feeling and without conviction in his goodness and unfailing love. But God is never more pleased than when you and I look around the universe and God seems to be dead, and the angels only a myth, and heaven just part of folklore, but still you choose to do what is right.  God asks that you have faith, and faith isn’t a feeling.

Day 3: verses

But in fact the ministry Jesus has received is as superior to theirs as the covenant of which he is mediator is superior to the old one, since the new covenant is established on better promises. Hebrews 8:6 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/heb.8.6.NIV For as Jonah was a sign to the Ninevites, so also will the Son of Man be to this generation.  The Queen of the South will rise at the judgment with the people of this generation and condemn them, for she came from the ends of the earth to listen to Solomon’s wisdom; and now something greater than Solomon is here.  The men of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and now something greater than Jonah is here. Luke 11:30‭-‬32 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/luk.11.30-32.NIV You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. 1 John 4:4 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/1jn.4.4

UNLIMITED DESTINY: Day 3

   Jesus is better than any other of God’s revelations to humanity (Hebrews ch.1). He is better than any other member of the human family (ch.2). Jesus is better than Moses, or any of the other prophets (ch.3). Jesus is a better leader than Moses because He takes us to a better rest (ch.4). He is a better High Priest (ch.5), who gives us the better things of salvation (ch.5). Among His gifts, He gives us better blessings, because He has given us a better hope (ch.6). Jesus is the mediator of a better covenant, which is based on better promises (ch.7). This better covenant is also based on a better sacrifice (ch.9). This ensures Heaven for us, which is better than anything else we can possess (ch.10). Those who possess Heaven will take part in a better resurrection (ch.11). Whatever we have in this life, God has planned something better for us (ch.11) in eternity to come. God has provided a place for us in the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God, our true home (ch.12). T

Day 2: verses (cont')

“In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all nations and peoples of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed. Daniel 7:13‭-‬14 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/dan.7.13-14.NIV Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces; anyone on whom it falls will be crushed.” Luke 20:18 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/luk.20.18.NIV Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures:  “ ‘The stone the builders rejected  has become the cornerstone;  the Lord has done this,  and it is marvelous in our eyes’   ?   “Therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit.  Anyone who falls on this stone will be broken to

Day 2: verse 1

The king asked Daniel (also called Belteshazzar), “Are you able to tell me what I saw in my dream and interpret it?”  Daniel replied, “No wise man, enchanter, magician or diviner can explain to the king the mystery he has asked about, but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries. He has shown King Nebuchadnezzar what will happen in days to come. Your dream and the visions that passed through your mind as you were lying in bed are these:  “As Your Majesty was lying there, your mind turned to things to come, and the revealer of mysteries showed you what is going to happen. As for me, this mystery has been revealed to me, not because I have greater wisdom than anyone else alive, but so that Your Majesty may know the interpretation and that you may understand what went through your mind.  “Your Majesty looked, and there before you stood a large statue—an enormous, dazzling statue, awesome in appearance. The head of the statue was made of pure gold, its chest and arms of silver, its b

UNLIMITED DESTINY: Day 2

   Our Lord's expression “kingdom of Heaven", synonymous with the “kingdom of God”, comes from Daniel. In Daniel chapter two, the prophet gives a description of the kingdom of Heaven: "A rock cut out of a mountain, but not by human hands" that "became a huge mountain and filled the whole earth" (Daniel 2:45,35, NIV). It's from here that our Lord drew the expression "the kingdom of Heaven" (see verse 44). His parables, and many of His instructions, are based on this kingdom theme. We find Christ in the stone of Daniel 2. Jesus adopted this image when he said:  Whosoever shall fall upon that stone shall be broken; but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder  (Luke 20:18; Matthew 21:42,44 KJV).  Jesus is using the exact words of the Greek translation of Daniel 2:45 onwards, about the stone smiting the image. He is applying the stone to Himself (See also Matthew 16:18). The Hebrew word for stone is "eben." The

Day 1: verses

Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”  He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” Revelation 21:1‭-‬5 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/rev.21.1-5.NIV Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. As people moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there.  They said to each other, “Com

UNLIMITED DESTINY: Day 1 (A New 14 day plan)

   The Bible is a tale of two cities. In the very first book of the Bible, you read about the city of Babylon. In Genesis 11 there is an attempt to build a tower to Heaven, so humanity will be safe from a future flood. This is the beginning of Babylon.  At the Tower of Babel, the people said, "Let us make for us a name." Today we don't know even one of their names. Every human way to heaven fails.  The same book of Genesis talks about a second city, Salem. Salem later became Jerusalem. Daniel, in the middle of the Bible, introduces these two cities in the very first breath of the book (Daniel 1:1–2). Right from the start in the book of Daniel, Babylon opposes Jerusalem, and the temple. All the way through the book we find that opposition to the sanctuary symbolizes the opposition of the enemies of God to the people of God, and the gospel of God. So, the first book of the Bible is a tale of two cities: Babylon and Jerusalem. The last book of the Bible, Revelatio

Day 6: verses

Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. 2 Corinthians 9:10 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/2co.9.10.NIV Each of you must bring a gift in proportion to the way the Lord your God has blessed you. Deuteronomy 16:17 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/deu.16.17.NIV

THE LAW OF THE HARVEST: Day 6 (last day)

Your harvest depends on  why  you sow.  The reason God wants to bless your sowing is to “increase of the harvest of your righteousness” (2 Corinthians 9:10). God is interested in meeting your need as long as meeting your need is going to help you grow in your godly character and living, not just increase your stuff. A lot of folks want to be blessed for blessing’s sake, never mind whether it is going to help them have a closer walk with God.  In other words, God is not only interested in blessing you with a new car so you can go on to forget Him while driving behind the wheel. He’s not interested in you getting a bigger house so you can be more unrighteous in it. God is not interested in just the external. Rather, God, wants to increase the righteousness of your inner person. He wants to draw you closer to Himself so that you follow Him more obediently.  Yes, God can make all grace abound to you. But He wants to make sure that His grace makes you a better you. The difference bet